What is it about?

We put a strong magnetic field in a cylinder and implode it with many laser beams to compress the field to make it even stronger. But, the plasma created by the lasers around the cylinder makes it hard to measure the field inside the cylinder – in this paper we delve into some of the details of trying to make that measurement.

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Why is it important?

Compressing magnetic fields with cylindrical implosions allows us to create stronger magnetic fields than otherwise possible. This type of configuration is also key to the MagLIF fusion concept. However, diagnosing the magnetic fields inside these implosions is complicated by other fields in the experiment. This paper discusses the challenges to making this type of measurement.

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This page is a summary of: Diagnosing magnetic fields in cylindrical implosions with oblique proton radiography, Physics of Plasmas, July 2022, American Institute of Physics, DOI: 10.1063/5.0092652.
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